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what they see. i think my comments are to staff and departments. i don't think it was necessarily highlighted that the youth and family zone was an important part of where this hotel was or was to be located i understand there's very little codes. there's affordable housing bonus requirements but it's clear there the neighborhoods process that was really important to folks and it should you have been clear to reach out to the people who had proposed and advocated the zone in the first place. we encourage a board reach out. on the youth and family zone i
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would also ask staff to work with all the folks who came out today to make it real. there's this great preamble in this but it's not manifest in the code. there's a lot of things we've learned from plans about restricting certain uses and restricting bedroom sizes. and i think that as the central corridor process is coming up we want to make sure we talk about corridor. this project needs the code requirements as they were laid out. on the commission i think it's
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our job to apply that code and those recollections to the projects as they come before us. i'll leave it there for now >> yes. i'm sorry. just to follow up commissioner wu i think the coordinated takes in the eastern boundary of the youth and family zone so certainly we'll have to take into consideration seriously in terms of commissioner comments from board and also commissioner wu with respect to reexamine the special district. i was reading the special use district legislation on my phone here and i was kind of surprised it's a sparse or as - i don't want to use the term useless but
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it doesn't provided much leverage for the commission to take action within our judicial powers to do the kinds of things the preamble and the at the present time, was supposed to do. even in the staff report if you read it says the site is also within the family youth and zone. but it doesn't preclude hotels and offices. it's also intended to protect the yoeth and families by adopting policies of lower expansion of housing opportunities like restaurants and bars. but in a lot of ways the mechanisms that are priority in the code don't allow this kind
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of thing to be fully implemented. so i think the other two commissioners are right unfortunately we're faced with a situation here within the context of - well, the only choice we could have is to deny it then where are we? the property is not within one of the lower density areas. i would imagine this location of the property it's going to be extremely expensive. if we deny this particular developer doesn't move forward on this project and pits the property up for sale i would think it would be very expensive for some housing - affordable
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housing developer to come in and try to develop this particular parcel. it's extremely difficult for me on the other hand, maybe it's not completely desirable but if you deny it there's going to be a vacant property there and it will be difficult. on the other hand, as we heard testimony from local two the operator has committed themselves to opening themselves up to unionization. i'm very close to that because my case worker in my office
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works for the 2. i know all about the hotel. i other people inclined to vote for it and put the community on notice there is a planning process underway that will involve the planning zone >> so thank you for this item. you know, obviously every thursday we're here talking about the need for affordable housing and family housing. i think generally we'll made good decisions to allow the city to provide more familiar housing clearly it's not enough but i don't think we're faced with the
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approve the hotel and there's other needs but i think that the hotel will generate fees for the city to be used for city services in housing. i agree with what's been said but i'm supportive of the project >> i pick up the tune of the board and say it's time that we become pro-active and put more specific meat on the bone. when this particular zone was created it was a place holder for action pending. the youth and family home was
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acknowledged all the time but no where does the rubber hit the road like here. and so if we based on those tools which we have and which we ask to approve the hotel then all i will say is that asking the department and asking the mayor's office for housing and for the workforce development to create the right tools as we move into the next action. i think we need to get real and really stick to what i believe is a true social commitment to those people who have been before us many times.
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i know i have talked at length with supervisor kim is equally as frustrated as i am but those tools need to be now. i'm supportive of the labor consultant and continues to be a big issue also in other parts of the uniontion. different type of labor but the same issues so i'm in support of the project but i put the burden on us to move this into a different direction >> i'll over a couple of comments. i agree with all the decisions but i think the ball is in our
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court to pit some meat on a this district. from the hotel side it's going to create hotel tax which goes into the general fund and it goes into the aortas commission as well. it will be good for the city and the possible expansion of the moscone center and the more hotels we have the rates will be equal. >> if this is not approved it could be smashed up for something less desirable. and so this is a very good job
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creator a very good job creator for everyone concerned. this will be to melt together the family center with some of the family and youth zone and fit them together in a good sense. i think i want to move both together. the determination combines with the wind currencies and the other things the tour bus loading and, of course, the court instructs the jury use for the hotel and also for the restaurants restaurants >> yes. i was going to mention to the members of the community. there has been - as you know as part of the western summoning ma plan. one is the society heritage
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district and a separate lgb parts of plan. that has encouraged the new document called the cultural heritage economical strategy. and if you let me know i'll send you copies. it's not completely the same sort of similar but there are things in there that might be of interest to you in terms of economical development sea how the communities is looking at providing assistance in terms of keeping the japanese heritage alive. if you let me know i'll send that to you for sure >> picking up on what was just said.
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i hope we help the youth and family donate to expand the criteria for us to consider which includes open space and education not just space issues. we are hopefully able to address i think it's up to us to create some of the metics. and so following this commission discussion i'm going to support the hotel. but displacement is a real, real problem in this district even with the entitlements persia without some real attentions to this the family affordable units are not going to build
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themselves. maybe this time it is a market hotel but if there's no way to put aside affordable housing it's noticing not going to happen >> commissioners there's a motion to approve with conditions. (calling names). so move commissioners that motion passed the zoning administrator would say. i'm saying we close the hearing subject to the conditions. commissioner that will place you under public comments i did not have any speaker cards >> any public comment?
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>> okay seeing number one, the meeting is >> on december 28, 1912. san francisco mayor, sonny jim rolph stared into the crowds of those who have gathered. a moment in history. the birth of a publicly own transit system.
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san francisco municipal railway. muni as it would become to be known. happy birthday, muni, here is to the next 100 years. the birth of muni had been a long-time coming. over the years the city was disjointed privately owned companies. horses and steam and electric-powered vehicles. creating a hodgepodge of transit options. none of them particularly satisfying to city residents. the city transit system like the city itself would have changes during the san francisco earthquake. the transition that will pursue from this aftermath would change san francisco's transportation system once again.
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facilitated by city boss, abe ruth, ushering in the electric city car. the writing was on the wall. the clammer had begun for the experiment including public transit people. owned by the people and for the people. the idea of a consolidated city-owned transit system had begun traction. and in 1909, voters went to the polls and created a bond measure to create the people's railway. would become a reality three years later. on december 28, 1912, mayor sonny rolph introduced the new geary electric streetcar line
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and the new san francisco railway. that he said would be the nucleus that would host the city. and san francisco gave further incentive to expand the city's network. a project by way of tunnel leading into chinatown by way of north beach. in december the first streetcar was driven into the tunnel. just two years after its berth, muni had added two lines. and k, l and m lines that span out from westportal. in 1928, the j line opened heading west to the beach. in 1944 san francisco voters
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finally approved muni take-over of the market street railway. by then motor bus and trolley bus improvement had given them the ability to conquer san francisco's hills. after the war most of the street-car lines would be replaced with motor or trolley bus service. in 1947, the mayor recommended replacing two lines with motor coaches. and it appeared that san francisco's iconic cable cars had seen their final days. entered mrs. cluskin, the leader to save the cable cars. arguing that the cable cars were a symbol of the city, and she entered a charter placed on the november ballot. it passed overwhelmly. the california street cable
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railway was purchased by the city in 1952. there were cut backs on the cable car system and in 1957 only three lines would remain. the three lines that exist today. in 1964 the cable car's future as part of california's transit system was sealed when it was proclaimed a national historic landmark. in february, 1980, muni metro were officially inaugurated. in that same year, muni received its first fleet of buses equipped with wheelchair lifts. in 1982 when the cable car had a
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shut-down, they added an alternative attraction to the cars. the festival was a huge hit and would continue for the next four summers in a permanent f-line that would extend all the way to fisherman's wharf, by 2000 the f-line was in place. and in 2007 muni extended the third line to the southeast corner and returning to third street. for the first time in 60 years. in the course of last 100 years, muni's diverse workforce forged by men and women of innovation have reflected the many cultures that flock to the city. muni's ground-breaking
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antidiscrimination has guaranteed equal opportunity for all. the city's policy mandates the course for the future, as they work diligently to increase options and increase multialternatives, and deduce -- reduce the carbon footprint. it continues to improve the systems. during this sen -- centennial year we reflect on the transit system. driven not >> welcome to culture wire. we will look at the latest and greatest public art project. recently, the airport unveiled the new state of the art terminal.
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let's take a look. the new terminal service and american airlines and virgin america was designed by a world- renowned architecture's firm. originally built in 1954, the building underwent massive renovation to become the first registered terminal and one of the must modern and sustainable terminals and the united states. the public art program continues its 30-year legacy of integrating art into the airport environment with the addition of five new commissions that are as bold and dynamic as the new building. >> this project was completed in record time, and we were able to integrate the artist's early
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enough in the process that they could work with the architect said that the work that is completed is the work that really helps complement and instill the space as opposed to being tucked away in a corner. >> be experience begins with the glass facades that was designed with over 120 laminated glass panels. it captures the experience of being under or over clouds when flying in a plane. depending on the distance or point of view, it can appear clear for more abstract and atmospheric. the subtle colors change gradually depending on the light and the time of day. >> i wanted to create an art work that looks over time as well as working on in the first glance. the first time you come here,
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you may not see a. but you may be able to see one side over the other. it features a couple of suspended sculptures. each was created out of a series of flat plains run parallel to each other and constructed of steel tubing. >> it is made up of these strata. as the light starts to shift, there is a real sense that there is a dynamism. >> it gives the illusion that this cultures might be fragments of a larger, mysterious mass. >> the environmental artwork livens it with color, light, and the movement. three large woven soldiers are suspended.
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these are activated by custom air flow program. >> i channeled air flow into each of these forms that makes it move ever so slightly. and it is beating like a heart. if-0 when as of the forces of nature moving around us every second. >> shadow patterns reflect the shapes of the hanging sculptures. the new terminal also features a children's play areas. both of the market the exploratory n.y. -- exploratorium. the offer travelers of all ages a playful oasis. using high quality plywood, they created henches shaped like a
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bird wings that double as musical instruments. serving as a backdrop is a mural featuring images of local birds and san francisco's famous skyline. >> in the line between that is so natural, you can see birds and be in complete wilderness. i really like that about this. you could maybe get a little snapshot of what they are expecting. >> it is an interactive, keck sculpture that is interacted with by the visitor. >> they are a lot about and they fall down the belt. it moves the belt up, and if you turn that faster, the butterflies fall in the move of
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words. >> the art reflect the commission's commitment to acquiring the best work from the bay area and beyond. in addition to the five new commissions, 20 artworks that were already in the airport collection were reinstalled. some of which were historically cited in the terminal. it includes major sculptures by the international artists. as a collection, these art works tell the story of the vibrant arts scene in the early 1960's through the mid-1980s's. the illustrate san francisco's cultural center and a place of innovation that is recognized and the love throughout the world. one of the highlights is a series of three left tapestries. they are on view after being in storage for 20 years.
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these tapestries representing various gardens. from his years of living in san francisco. hydrangeas, chrysanthemums, and whilst dahlias in rich, deep shades as they make their way to the baggage area. they can access behind-the- scenes information and interviews with the artist through an audio to work. it features archival audio as well as interviews with living artists. he can be accessed on site by dialing the telephone numbers located near the artwork or by visiting the commission's web site. the public art speaks volumes of san francisco as a d-